Do you ever catch yourself on those dreary Monday mornings gazing out of the window daydreaming? The skies are grey and the drizzle is seemingly incessant, but you’re dreaming of being somewhere different.
There are a stack of reports that need reviewing; hundreds of emails that need your urgent attention but all you can think of is the white sand and blue ocean of your own private paradise. There is no need to daydream when the Canary Islands are calling. The volcanic islands are home to some of the best beaches around, so pay them a visit this summer.
It was a pretty tough choice but we have picked out some of our favourite Canary Islands beaches you have to visit.
La Caleta de Famara (Lanzarote)
The sun sinks below the cliffs casting an auburn light over horizon and shimmers over the waters of the Atlantic as La Caleta de Famara becomes the inspiration for a thousand Instagram posts. One of the longest stretches of beach in Lanzarote is also one of the most beautiful ideal for romantic strolls at sunset.
Hugging the island’s north western coast it curves around cliffs creating some of the most picturesque views in the Canary Islands. Thanks to the strong currents it is a real favourite with surfers with regular competitions held in the nearby San Juan every year. While this is not the quintessential sunworshippers’ paradise, it has scenery that cannot be beat.
Playa Jardin (Tenerife)
Photo credit: Jaume Escofet via Flickr.
Have you ever visited a beach that is regarded as an elegant work of art? Meet Playa Jardin. Artist and Canary Island native Cesar Manrique had a vision for this cove close to the popular Tenerife resort of Puerto de la Cruz – to create a coastal landscape that was alluring and exuded a sense of calm.
Playa Jardin was his masterpiece – a perfect blend of rugged natural charm and a splash of tropical colour. The beach features volcanic black sand and is complimented with the bright hues of the adjoining botanical garden. It is said to symbolise the rich and vibrant environment created in the resort so sit back and drink in the views of the ocean and Mount Teide in the distance.
Puerto Naos (La Palma)
Often the forgotten member of the Canary Islands, La Palma is the epitome of the ‘hidden gem’ status. Lying north-west of Tenerife there is so much that this island has to offer including the beautiful beach of Puerto Naos.
The biggest and most important beach on the island, it is La Palma’s tourist hub. Visitors flock to this black sand slice of coastline to soak up the sun and take in the views. It is not just the day time where this beach is popular as when the sun sets its time to suit up and scuba dive to the seabed.
Photo credit: Thomas Tolkien via Flickr.
Stop your search for paradise as we’ve found it. Venture to the northern tip of Fuerteventura and you’ll discover the untouched oasis of Corralejo. This is the beach you see in your daydreams – white sands, vibrant blue waters, a horizon that goes on for miles and only the sound of a light breeze whispering over head.
If your view of the Canary Islands is wall-to-wall All Inclusive hotels packed with tourists, prepare to have your mind blown. This is the region in all its glory – peaceful, charming and memorable. Spend the day at Corralejo and you will never forget it.
Maspalamos (Gran Canaria)
Escape from the tourist hotspot of Playa del Ingles and embrace the tranquility of Maspalamos. One of Gran Canaria’s most popular resorts may just be a stone’s throw away but you’ll feel you’re in a different world on these peaceful sand dunes.
Here it is just you, the sun and the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Maspalamos is one of the longest beaches in Gran Canaria and offers an excellent retreat from the nearby resorts. It can be your own personal haven.
For our final stop on this cavalcade of coastal adventure we’re heading back to Lanzarote. On the south of the island, close to the resort of Playa Blanca, is another of our top beaches – Papagayo.
Forming part of the Los Ajaches national park, this secluded cove is awash of white sand and crystal clear waters. It is a big favourite with snorkelers and a perfect family destination and then there is understated beauty of the surrounding area. Make sure to return in the evening to watch the magnificent sunset.
Why not discover these beaches for yourself by booking a holiday to the Canary Islands? Whether Lanzarote floats your boat, you’re fanatical about Fuerteventura or want to treat the family in Tenerife – we have some incredible offers for summer 2017. Use our deal finder at www.sunmaster.co.uk to create your dream break.